The ruins of St Colmac’s

I went to the little island of Bute, in the Firth of Clyde, on the southern edge of the Highlands.

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On the road to Ettrick Bay you pass St Colmac’s church and graveyard.

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Built in 1836 for the second Marquess of Bute, of the nearby Kames Castle.

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The award of listed building status in 1971 wasn’t enough to preserve the church. Services ceased in 1980, windows and doors broke, and the roof collapsed in 1996.

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The burial ground is still growing, but the church itself is being left to turn from derelict mess to picturesque ruin.

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I’ve discovered quite a few Highland ruins over the past year — they might form a theme. I’ve already posted on the Moine House.

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